Letter: Time to rethink what is affordable

Once again I see what the city calls “affordable rentals” is not the case concerning seniors [“Construction on affordable rental homes starting in Powell River,” September 1].

The majority of seniors live off approximately $1,400 a month. After paying out the rent of $765, they are left with $635 a month to cover all other bills, food, prescriptions, transportation, et cetera.

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This may be affordable in this day and age but we are not living in Vancouver. This is a small town with an abundance of senior citizens.

In government subsidized housing seniors pay 30 per cent of their income in rent. In Scotland, there is social housing to help seniors, and once they reach the age of 65 these are rent-free.

At this rate more than half their income goes to rent. Maybe you could rethink “affordable.”

F.J. Marshman, Glacier Street
Powell River

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